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German Federal Minister for Education and Research Anja Karliczek at the Max Planck Center in Vancouver

October 05, 2018
The minister and a delegation from the German Bundestag were shown the results of the successful collaboration with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the University of Tokyo. [more]
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Light gets ions going

April 18, 2018
Light controlled current transport by charged atoms, now demonstrated for the first time, makes new applications conceivable [more]
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Nuclear magnetic resonance scanner for individual proteins

July 05, 2017
Thanks to improved resolution, a quantum sensor can now identify individual atoms in biomolecules [more]
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The first glimpse of a single protein

January 25, 2017
A folded protein molecule can be clearly imaged with the help of electron holograms [more]
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Trickling electrons

November 07, 2016
Close to absolute zero, the particles exhibit their quantum nature [more]
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Nanotechnology: Molecular Lego with an encoded blueprint

March 02, 2016
In a self-organized process, a selected peptide forms a honeycomb structure on a surface [more]
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Let there be hydrogen

October 16, 2015
An organic framework serves as a catalyst for the photocatalytic conversion of water into hydrogen [more]
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Touchless displays superseding touchscreens?

October 01, 2015
Touchless displays could react to moisture emitted by the human body [more]
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Scientific partner UBC earns $66.5-million investment to strengthen quantum materials research

July 29, 2015
A $66.5-million investment from the Government of Canada—the single largest government investment in University of British Columbia (UCB) research—will enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in quantum matter research and help connect university research with industry. [more]
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Framework compounds: metal-organic transformations

April 17, 2015
The mechanosynthesis of cage compounds suitable for storing gases can be monitored in real-time with the help of X-ray powder diffraction [more]
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Jumping crystals

January 07, 2015
Insights into structural transformations explain why mechanical tension causes some crystals to jump, while others crumble [more]
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A nanolamp with lightning-fast switch

November 14, 2014
A light source and its transistor-operated brightness control shrink to the size of a single molecule [more]
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How Paramecium protozoa claw their way to the top

September 19, 2014
Thanks to their asymmetrical form, the slipper-shaped microorganisms can swim to the surface of the water under their own steam [more]
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Custom-made nanotubes

August 13, 2014
Carbon nanotubes can be specifically produced with a desired structure from suitable precursor molecules [more]
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The atomic picture of magnetism

August 05, 2014
Atomic scale imaging of magnetic structures allows for new aspects of high-temperature superconductivity to be studied. [more]
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Atoms and molecules on the same wavelength

May 12, 2014
Organic dye molecules are used as single photon sources and can be tuned to the optical transitions of alkali metals [more]
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Quantum computation in diamond

February 19, 2014
Researchers have succeeded in performing a logic operation and error correction in a quantum register made from nuclear spins of the gemstone [more]
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Resistance makes waves

December 23, 2013
There is a growing understanding of the conditions required for superconductivity and how it can be achieved at realistic temperatures [more]
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New catalyst for fuel cells

December 13, 2013
Researchers discover a potential substitute for platinum [more]
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A folding ceramic

March 27, 2013
A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable [more]
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A folding ceramic

March 27, 2013
A sophisticated nanostructure renders a wafer-thin paper made of electrically conductive vanadium pentoxide fibres both tough and pliable [more]
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Studying nuclear spin in the nanoworld

February 15, 2013
A new form of NMR technology gives scientists what they need to examine the structure of minute samples [more]
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Constructive conflict in the superconductor

August 17, 2012
Charge density waves improve our understanding of the zero-resistance transport of electricity and could explain an unusual interplay of superconducting and magnetic materials [more]

German-Canadian search for quantum effects in new materials

February 20, 2012
Contract signed with the University of British Columbia for a joint Max Planck UBC Centre for Quantum Materials [more]
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The world's smallest magnetic data storage unit

January 17, 2012
Scientists from IBM and the German Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have built a magnetic data storage unit that uses just twelve atoms per bit. [more]
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A new dimension in materials research

May 25, 2011
The electronic and magnetic properties of thin films depend on the number of atomic layers which are stacked on top of each other [more]
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A material that keeps its cool when hot

October 22, 2010
A great deal of energy could be saved if turbines and combustion engines operated at higher  temperatures than they currently do. Ceramic high-temperature materials make this possible. [more]
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Magnetic monopoles in spin ice

February 05, 2009
Inseparable, that is what the north and the south pole of a magnet usually are. In some solids, however, they can move independently and thus become magnetic monopoles. [more]
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Evolution in the Nanoworld

October 30, 2007
This week, scientists publish images resolving molecules which have organized themselves into patterns according to size [more]
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Everything starts with Recognition

April 23, 2007
Scientists track at the atomic scale how individual molecules recognise each other [more]
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Delicate Relation between Single Spins

March 01, 2007
Scientists measure the magnetic interaction between single atoms [more]
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Economical and Flexible

March 01, 2007
Scientists construct complementary circuits from organic materials [more]
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Long-lived magnetic fluctuations in a crystal

June 30, 2006
German scientists measured for the first time long-lived coordinated magnetic fluctuations in a magnetic material using a new neutron beam technique [more]
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Walter Metzner wins 2006 Europhysics Prize

April 20, 2006
Four scientists honoured with the 2006 Europhysics Prize for developing and applying "dynamical mean-field theory" [more]
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Neutrons, the Spies of the Nanoworld

November 24, 2005
The Max Planck Society and the Technical University in Munich inaugurate a unique neutron spectrometer at the research neutron source (FRM-II) in Garching, Germany [more]
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Good vibrations in the nanoworld

September 27, 2004
Local defects tune the vibrational modes of carbon nanotubes [more]
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